Smart Home Water Shut Off Kit with Leak Sensors, No Programming, No Plumbing Required

EcoNet Controls of Clearwater Florida, a manufacturer of "Unique Home Automation Devices & Solutions", has released its Smart Home Water Shut Off Kit. The LSK or Leak Sensor Kit includes the EBV105-UMK water shut off controller and 1 or more leak sensors. The wireless leak sensor/s have been preconfigured to communicate directly to the shut off the water in the case of a water leak.

3,200 Connected Home Devices At Best Buy

Chuck Martin for IoTDaily:  Any consumers who go shopping specifically for a smart, connected home device this holiday season are going to face a bewildering assortment.

The number of products ranging from smart appliances and home control systems to smart security systems and streaming media devices is now in the thousands at Best Buy alone, according to a new study.

The study on consumer attitudes toward smart appliances is based on a nationally representative sample of 1,000 consumers each in the U.S., U.K., France and Germany, conducted by Futuresource Consulting.

Researchers counted more than 3,000 connected home devices being sold at Best Buy. The tally provides a general idea of the largest and smallest categories.  Cont'd...

Smart Gardens

The internet of things is coming to make your yard smart. The market for systems that can connect your yard may be new, but it's already proving to be exciting.

CONNECTIONS™ Europe: High consumer usage and satisfaction with voice recognition software drive new IoT use cases

11th-annual conference examines use cases to increase consumer awareness of smart home and IoT

Kanda Handheld Programmers Now Support More Microcontrollers

Kanda manufacture stand alone handheld programmers to simplify firmware updates for microcontrollers in the field and production. They are battery operated and use a single button press to reprogram a product. As well as AVR and PIC microntollers, these latest version supports Atmel ATxmega devices.

Global Cache' and mediadogg Form Strategic Alliance

mediadogg Ships iTower Applications Enhancing Global Cach Control Tower IR Database in the Cloud

CONNECTIONS™ Europe: Voice control emerges as a key value proposition for connected home and IoT solutions

11th-annual conference examines IoT uses cases and increasing consumer awareness with speakers from SmartThings, Deutsche Telekom, Centralite Systems, Qorvo, Bosch, and Fibaro Group

Best Buy's Geek Squad Launches New Home Wi-Fi Setup & Support Service

It Provides Wi-Fi Help When and Where People Need It Most

iSmart Alarm, Inc. Introduces the iCamera KEEP Pro, the World's 1st Motion Tracking DIY Smart Home Security Camera with Sound Recognition, Time Lapse, and 4 MP Resolution

The iCamera KEEP Pro is the first DIY smart home security camera to offer Motion Tracking - The ability to automatically identify dangers and use motorized pan & tilt to follow and record activity. With an industry-leading 4 megapixel image sensor, custom Activity Zones, and Sound Recognition of smoke alarm and carbon monoxide sirens, the KEEP Pro is the most complete smart home camera in the world.

7 ways to keep your smart home from being hacked

Kari Paul for MarketWatch:  As the recent announcement that 500 million Yahoo email accounts were hacked shows, emails and passwords are never fully safe. On a daily basis, hackers use strategies like phishing scams to steal usernames and passwords, posing as a bank or other legitimate establishment to trick users. Consumers should be wary of any email asking for personal information and always check the sender address to be sure it’s based at the website the sender claims to be (like an @paypal.com email address versus a deceptively similar location like @paypal.co or @paypalhelp.com). No measure will guarantee users won’t be hacked (email addresses can even be spoofed, and there are ways to check for this by tracing IP addresses). But a number of actions can be taken to lower the risk of hacking and secure your home.  Cont'd...

PayPal and retail-branded apps like Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts are the top mobile payment apps

International IoT research firm announces new industry report examining mobile payment industry

Connected Home Leader ecobee Launches New ecobee3 lite Smart Thermostat

At $80 less than leading competition, ecobee3 lite delivers unrivaled quality and value in the smart thermostat market

New Industry Collaboration to Develop Interoperable IoT Components for the Cloud

The Eclipse Foundation announces a new collaboration between IoT industry leaders to develop interoperable IoT components that can be deployed to a Cloud platform.

Smart Linux Home Hubs Mix IoT with AI

Eric Brown for Linux.com:  Industrial, rather than home, applications will likely dominate the Internet of Things (IoT) market in the years to come. Yet, in the early going, the home automation market has had the greatest visibility. And it hasn’t always been pretty.

Despite steady growth, retail sales have yet to achieve inflated expectations. Too many companies promised and failed to deliver interoperability with a growing catalog of often buggy smart home products. The lack of essential applications, complex installation, and in many cases, high prices, have also conspired against the segment.

Yet the smart home segment appears to be rebounding with the help of maturing technology and IoT interoperability standards. There is particular interest in connecting voice-enabled AI assistants with the smart home in products such as Amazon’s Echo.  Cont'd...

The Only 'All-in-One' Smart Home and Security Console, NuBryte Touchpoint, Coming to Homes Throughout U.S.

Users of All Ages and Technical Abilities Can Enjoy the Smart Home Features Built Into the NuBryte Touchpoint -- From the Intercom System to Home Security Capabilities, to Smart Lighting and More -- in One Affordable Touchscreen

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!